Although I encounter some difficulties working with clients, being able to apply the skills that we learned in actual session helps me to further understand how to work with them. In comparison to practicing with colleagues, working with actual clients helps me have a better sense of how to better interact with them. Other than that, I was able to experience how clients would react to counselors’ comments or questions. It is important to learn that clients do not always respond the way that the counselor wants them to. In sessions, I am able to provide clients a safe environment for them to be able to address their concerns and express their emotions.
The process of growing and understanding others feelings and emotions are truly examined and understood during the role reversal portion of the technique. The introduction and process of this technique is important because it can elicit feelings that may help the client gain insight or may force the client to withdraw. As a p... ... middle of paper ... ...might be thinking or feeling.” (Corey, 2011, p.209) Most importantly this technique has provided a safe non-threatening setting that has allowed for the client to address the source of his/her incongruence. Although this technique to the untrained eye may appear to others that the client is speaking with an imaginary friend, they are in fact partaking part in a profound emotional experience. An experience that is beneficial for clients with emotional hurdles.
This curiosity is brought about through vulnerability and self-honesty by part of the client. (Knudson-Martin, 2013) When this vulnerability is present, the therapist can experience the client in a way where it is safe for the client to admit mistakes and still be accepted. Asking a client to talk more on a topic they brought up, or to sit with a feeling and describe it in detail would be something a curious therapist would do. Also, asking open-ended questions allows the clients to tell narratives rather than answer with simple answers. Additional questions may ask the clients to think about something in a different way, likely from their partner’s perspective.
Gestalt therapy stresses the unity of mind, body, and feelings as they are experienced in the here and now. Focusing on assisting clients to become aware of “how behaviors that were once part of creatively adjusting to past environments may be interfering with effective functioning and living in the present, the goal is for the client to gain awareness…this awareness allows clients to reconcile polarities and dichotomies within themselves” (Corey, 2017). However, there are limitations in regards to diversity, some cultures frown upon openly expressing feelings. This can be viewed as a sign of weakness and vulnerability.If a therapist is not culturally aware and practices flexibility, they can compromise the client-therapist
This type of question allows the client to bring to the conversation what is important to them. A social worker does not want to use open ended questions when it is irrelevant, a leading question or ask too many questions at once. Open ended questions are particularly useful for inviting or encouraging a client to elaborate and opening a session (Cummins, Sevel, Pedrick, p.93-95). I think open ended questions are one of the skills that I am most comfortable with. I just have to be careful not to use why questions too much in an interview because a client may not know why or it can make them feel blamed for something.
Other circumstances such as alcoholism, drug abuse, child abuse and thoughts of suicide may make the counsellor unqualified to deal with those particular circumstances in which the client may need extra support or... ... middle of paper ... ...iate the client, and consider the extra-therapeutic issues related to forming an alliance in positive ways to raise the client’s sense of competence. 5. What are the goals of counselling? The goals of counselling include the improving the wellness of one's whole being. It also strengthens one's personal growth in finding the correct course of life where they are satisfied and contempt and feel more confident within themselves that they can take on certain situations that may come to pass at some point in their life again.
As Morrissey & Callaghan (2011) stated, “The best and most therapeutic thing to do is say less and listen more.” (p. 2). Being proficient in the skill of active listening enables you to be able to interpret conversation with clientele on a new level. This involves knowing when silence can show respect and having an idea of when a reassuring comment can motive a patient to continue talking. Active listening is about more than just the physical aspects. It is about creating an environment that a client feels secure in sharing confidential details with a practitioner that will be unbiased and openly accepting of the information that is being received.
These theories are usually hosen based on the client needs and what the counselor feel will be most effective. Counselors are not limited to just one theory when it comes to treating their clients. Theories can be used in conjunction with one another to effectively treat clients. Counseling does not just involve theories alone, it in involves some amount of talking with the person. The talking should be aimed at helping the person solve the problem(s), improve outlook, and/or aid in the client changing their behavior(s) (Woods, 2005).
Those who possess this trait are able to look past the delusion of the self in order to see the truth. I would say that I am fairly skilled at rational thinking, and I would prefer to see the truth and be unhappy than to be lulled into a state of delusion for the sake of not having to confront the negatives, as I see this as a very dangerous way of thinking that can lead one to be prone to manipulation. However, I am not entirely effective at seeing reality accurately, as I often can over-analyze until I reach a block, and be unable to see a solution that might be right in front of me. In order to improve this I need to break free of my tendency to fall prey to circular reasoning, and find a balance of confidence and
Although this would not have made the situation completely better, it would have at least shown some acknowledgement on his part. All in all, in order to be a successful communicator it is important to focus on both the verbal and non-verbal cues of what the speaker is telling you. This can be done by be being attentive to their attitude, signals, and movements. It is important to be cognizant of the non-verbal cues you are conveying. Non-verbal communication is a constant practice and if you are too caught up in something else and distracted, you are going to miss these subtleties and could become a poor communicator.